TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 14

Wednesday 16 April 2014 by

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We’re finally catching up! Just two episodes until we’re caught up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode fourteen – T.A.H.I.T.I

*spoilers alert*

We always knew there would be something gruesome at the end of the mystery around Coulson’s death. And I had always wondered if it was alien technology… technically, I count that as a win for me.

This episode, Skye is fighting for her life, and the gang decide to take her to the doctors that saved Coulson and brought him back from the dead – no matter the consequences. But things aren’t as straightforward as all that. The place where Coulson thought he had been doesn’t exist, and it takes the investigative powers of Fitz and Simmons to find out where it really happened.

In the meantime, Quinn is locked up on the plane, subject to the vengeful whims of the team and fellow Agents Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Triplett (B.J. Britt) who are on board to interrogate the millionaire philanthropist baddie. I suspect we’ll see more of this duo in future episodes.

But first they have to save Skye, and that isn’t as easy as handing her over to the doctors, as they seem to have disappeared. Instead, they head to a half-abandoned top secret S.H.I.E.L.D lair in the mountains, where Coulson’s mysterious recovery took place.

In a darkened underground bunker, they hunt for the serum that – according to his medical notes – saved Coulson and helped his cells to regenerate at an alarming rate. They hope that the serum will do the same for Skye.

Well… spoilers alert… it does. But at what cost? Coulson’s discovery of the truth in the bunker makes him realise that perhaps saving Skye isn’t worth the consequences. It turns out the serum comes from (more spoilers) a big blue alien.

Yeuch.

That’s enough drama for one episode, don’t you think!?

They certainly upped the ante on this one – even if I slightly predicted it, I wasn’t totally prepared for the grossness of the whole idea. But, there were neat demonstrations of everyone’s parts (Fitz and Simmons being boffins, Ward and May beating people up and Coulson being a renegade) whilst dragging the plot along at a fair old lick. What Whedon does best is grand reveals, and the big blue alien reveal is pretty well played; after all, I felt surprised despite my suspicions.

The only thing letting this episode down was its lack of witty banter. It tried, but something fell flat (was it Skye’s absence?) and became all the more obvious because of it. It could have done with a dash more snark for me. Here’s hoping the next episode with throw about the dialogue a bit more.

Rating, Four, Review

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